Boston's Marblehead Eateries

Boston's Marblehead Eateries

With such a diverse variety of dining cuisines and styles, the little town of Marblehead has something to satisfy every budget and culinary palate. You won't find any neon here, none is allowed in town and there are no fast food or drive-thrus establishments either. Most are quaint and welcoming and usually owner operated. All are within easy walking distance of the town square and most lodging accommodations. Some also feature docking accessibility.
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1. The Driftwood

The Driftwood
A true American classic style diner. The Driftwood is the only restaurant that offers early morning, full service breakfast in town. Opening at 5:30am to accommodate the many fishermen that still launch from Tucker's Wharf, as they have since 1630. The driftwood is a no frills, nothing fancy kind of place that simply serves the best breakfast in town at the best price (my personal favorite is their chocolate chip pancakes). You can't loose with the Driftwood!
Where to find it:
63 Front St Marblehead, Massachusetts 01945, USA

Phone: 781 6311145

Working Hours:
Mon-Sun: 05:30am-01:00pm
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2. The Barnacle

The Barnacle
An award winning restaurant, The Barnacle offers some of the finest seafood in all of the North Shore of Boston. The dining room offers spectacular views of the Marblehead Light Tower, inner islands and Marblehead Harbor. Featuring lobsters caught right from their own private boat and some of the finest New England clam chowder anywhere.
Where to find it:
141 Front Street Marblehead, Massachusetts 01945, USA

Phone: 781 6314236

Working Hours:
Mon-Sun: 11:30am-04:00pm; 05:00pm-09:00pm
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3. The Landing

The Landing
Located on Tucker's Wharf in Old Town, Marblehead, one of America's oldest continuously working docks (in operation since 1630), The Landing offers a wide selection of New England favorites, from seafood to chowder. There is a pub and dining room that offers spectacular views of Marblehead Harbor, as well as outdoor dining in the warmer months. Very popular with the boating crowd (May-Oct). They have weekly wine tasting and a full bar.
Where to find it:
81 Front Street, Marblehead, Massachusetts 01945, USA

Phone: 781 6391266

Working Hours:
Mon-Sat: 11:30am-12:00am
Sun: 10:30am-12:00am
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4. Maddie's Sail Loft

Maddie's Sail Loft
Maddie's has been a local mainstay for over 60 years in Old Town and continues to be a local favorite. It is a mixed crowd, usually very busy and always a good time. It has recently (2 years ago) gone under new management and while wonderful changes have been made in the menu and the second floor redone, it continues to have the same warm and welcoming atmosphere that made Maddie's famous world wide. The Great Race ended here. Don't be deceived by the exterior, it is larger than it appears. Maddie's is famous for their large portion drinks, friendly patrons and wonderful staff. Offerings are not limited to just your typical bar selections. My favorite is the lobster club. A definite stand out. Guaranteed to be packed most weekends, especially during Regattas. For a more formal while still casual experience, try the Sail Loft on the second floor. Great weekday special of burger and fries for 4.95. Open year round for lunch and dinner. All major credit cards accepted. Prices range from $4-$22
Where to find it:
15 State Street Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA

Phone: 781 6319824

5. Three Cods Tavern

Three Cods Tavern
Taking its name from a legendary tavern that first opened in Marblehead on Front Street in 1660 and calling back to days gone by. Cod has always been a food staple for New England and glided fish can be seen as an architectural detail in many New England salt boxes. Set to be seen by passers-by and coming guests. They represent safety and prosperity. Legend has it that in 1775 several shots where fired from the British warship the H.M.S. Lively and that a cannon ball struck the side of the tavern. Story goes that during a renovation in the late 1800s the cannon ball was found. The modern day Three Cods provides some of the best seafood in all of the North Shore. The extensive menu features baked haddock, stuffed shrimp, salmon, seafood pie, lobster and prime rib. They also have a sports bar, with a wonderful nightlife atmosphere, wide screen TVs and a fine selection of drinks. Lunch and brunch service available.
Where to find it:
141 Pleasant St, Marblehead, Massachusetts 01945, USA

Phone: 781 6393 COD(3263)

Working Hours:
Mon-Sun: 11:30am-11:30pm

6. The Riptide

The Riptide
A longtime local favorite, the Riptide is a no frills neighborhood bar with great bar food (steak tips are some of the best in town) and very liberal drinks at surprisingly affordable prices. They also have a pool table and dart boards, many local dart teams gather there. A great place to watch any and all sports events.
Where to find it:
116 Pleasant Street Marblehead, Massachusetts 01945, USA

Phone: 781 6319209

7. Manhattan Sandwich Shop

Manhattan Sandwich Shop
They specialize in "New York Style" sandwiches that are made with only the freshest and highest quality products. They offer such original and unique creations as Mickey's #7, The Boston Club and Lobster Club. Their menu also includes salads, fresh soups and chowders.
Where to find it:
1 Bessom St. (Village Plaza) Marblehead, Massachusetts 01945, USA

Phone: 781 6310605

Working Hours:
Mon: 10:00am-08:00pm
Fri-Sat: 10:00am-09:00pm
Sun: 10:00am-07:00pm

8. Vesuvius Cafe

Vesuvius Cafe
The best gourmet pizza in town! A true Italian eatery with a great dough and an amazing number of pizza combinations. Family style, casual, alcohol free dining. Outdoor seating in the warmer months. They feature such great sandwiches as the Turkey Emily, that comes on their famous Foccacia. The Pegasus: pesto, turkey and mozzarella or The Mighty Zeus- Foccacia with beef, turkey, ham, garlic mayo, caramelized onions, provolone and roasted red pepper. The name is fitting indeed! Very filling and all for only around $8 dollars.
Where to find it:
18 Bessom St Marblehead, Massachusetts 01945, USA

Phone: 781 6398120

Working Hours:
Sun-Thu: 10:30am-09:00pm
Fri,Sat: 10:30am-10:00pm

9. Marblehead House of Pizza

Marblehead House of Pizza
For a crisp and airy Greek style pie or a warm and toasty grinder (best steak bomb in town) on the fly, the Marblehead House of Pizza has been a downtown staple for as long as I can remember. A great sauce and a wide variety of wonderful kabobs and fresh salads available. Cash Only.
Where to find it:
7 Atlantic Avenue Marblehead, Masssachusetts 01945, USA

Phone: 781 6314898

10. Tony's Pizza

Tony's Pizza
Tony's is family owned and operated establishment that takes great pride in offering only the freshest foods possible. Tony's is a prominent fixture in the Five Corners of Marblehead. A family style restaurant with plenty of seating in a nice and airy dining area. Their pies are a true delight and they have a greatly diverse menu while offering all the old time standard favorites. Alcohol free.
Where to find it:
1 School St. Marblehead, Massachusetts 01945, USA

Phone: 781 639 TONY(8669)

11. Cafe Italia

Cafe Italia
The Oliviero family has been proudly serving only the truest authentic Italian food for over a quarter century. They take great pride and care in the preparation of their cuisine. They use the freshest ingredients and serve delicious food that many have come to enjoy over the years. Check out the special Happy Hour.
Where to find it:
10 School St Marblehead, Massachusetts 01945, USA

Phone: 781 6315700

Working Hours:
Tue–Thu: 04:00pm–10:00pm
Fri-Sat: 04:00pm-10:30pm
Sun: 04:00pm-10:00pm
Market Hours:
Tue-Sat: open at 04:00pm. Full bar. Handicap accessible and all major credit cards accepted.
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